I managed an auto parts store years ago. The first radar detector we sold was battery powered. It had a knob to adjust for sensitivity and that was all. LEO’s used to come in to the store and laugh at them. That didn’t last too long. A number of different brands came out, the old square box Whistler, the Snooper the infamous Fuzz Buster, etc. We had one we used for a demo, I tried it out on a trip to Seattle (140 miles away). The state patrol was using radar as their new toy and just about everyone who was stopped got at ticket. That detector, a Super Snooper if memory serves, save my bacon three times!
Selling radar detectors was one of the more enjoyable experiencesn working in that hell hole. You could always tell a guy who had just been nailed. He would walk up to the counter and say “I want the best Radar Detector you have.” Didn’t care about price, he felt victimized, stepped up bought a good one. I was going to offer a promotion on the new line of BEL’s. Price them at retail and offer to discount them the amount of the speeding ticket. The owner of the store put the kibosh on that. I did run an ad in the local newspaper in the “Support Law Enforcement” section. It was pointed out to me that advertising radar detectors here was in bad taste.
We sold BEL units when they had a passive, parabolic antenna; I think I still have one, Whistler’s and Cobra’s. The last one I bought was a BEL 830; it was in my wife’s car. The thieves who wanted it broke out all the windows on the right side of the car to get it. After that, I decided that I wouldn’t buy another one. I figured that if I watched my driving and kept the speed down, I would be OK.
That lasted twenty or so years. Last week, I was stopped by one of our wonderful city motorcycle law enforcement officers. The guy’s mind was made up; I was getting a ticket no matter what. He defined the term “Arrogant” (I think they think when they get on that bike a certain part of their body grows an extra couple of inches), Next day, I ordered my Escort. I don’t know how it is everywhere else; around here LEO’s will tolerate five over. At 7 over you will be stopped and it’s 50 50 whether or not they will write you up. Ten over guarantees a green slip of paper. Taking into consideration the fine, $140.00+ the points on the driving record, I will not be without a detector again.
Thanks for letting me vent.
My Escort is well on it's way to paying for itself.